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Daryl Candelaria

Daryl Candelaria Daryl Candelaria is one of the few potters from San Felipe Pueblo. He learned to make pottery from his mother, Sara Candelaria. Sara learned to make pottery from her mother, Juanita Toledo (Jemez), who worked with Evelyn Vigil to revive Pecos pottery. Daryl studied the pottery at the School for Advanced Research, to better understand the pottery of San Felipe Pueblo. Daryl’s extensive research forms the inspiration for what he calls his “shard” pottery. His distinctive technique involves depicting numerous individual pottery designs from different pueblos and Native cultures on a single pot. The clay between individual designs is then deeply carved to create the appearance of a pot composed of separate "shards." Design elements range from pre-contact to contemporary motifs. Daryl says, “Art and pottery, I believe, like any form of art, are always evolving. You don't want to settle on a set style, and it gets stagnant after a while … With my creativity and pushing the envelope and saying ‘What else can I do that I can accomplish, and people will like?’ So in a way it's progressive, I would say… Creativity is endless, and there are always different possibilities, and it's just something that I envision and look forward to in my work.” He has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, Eight Northern Indian Market, and his work can be found in the collections of the Denver Art Museum the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and MIAC. Daryl's hallmark is a stylized water serpent, a symbol of his Keres name, which he often incorporates into his pottery designs.

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Candelaria, Daryl – Pottery “Shard” Design Bowl

Daryl Candelaria is one of the few potters working at San Felipe Pueblo.  He studied both historic and contemporary pottery at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, NM.  This jar is one of his classic “Shard” pots.  It is coil built and each of the “shards” is carved into the clay.  What makes it so extraordinary is that each shard is either painted, polished or carved in a representative manner the various Pueblos.  Few potters have the technical ability to create so many diverse surfaces, let alone on one vessel!  As the jar is turned the classic Zia, Jemez and Hopi designs.  The carved and polished red section with the avanyu head is reminiscent of San Ildefonso.  The figure and parrot are inspired by the Awatovi murals.  There are San Felipe geometric designs along with a red polished and micaceous section.  Note as well the red-on-red section and the black-on-black section.  Amazingly the various styles and techniques blend beautifully on the jar.   It is signed by the artist and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  What a perfect way to portray the history and techniques of Pueblo pottery in one vessel!

$ 1,800.00
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